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Budget sets out process for regulatory reform

Agri-food is one of the sectors earmarked for review to streamline regulations

The federal government intends to launch a five-year, $67.8-million process to modernize its regulations in the agri-food and other sectors. The process, set out in the 2019 budget, comes in response to repeated criticisms of the regulatory burden facing Canadians. Last fall the agri-food strategy roundtable called for “an agile regulatory system that promotes the […] Read more


No end in sight for supply management working groups

The slow pace of progress is due to the complexity of the issues at hand, say industry insiders

Talks on how supply-managed commodities can adjust to expanded import access to Canada under recent trade deals are proceeding slowly but industry isn’t worried just yet. Back on Oct. 29, the federal government announced Agriculture Canada would create three working groups to help the dairy and poultry sectors. By early February there had been a handful […] Read more



Rollout of mental health programs for rural Canadians coming this year

4-H, Farm Management Canada and Farm Credit are working together to try to raise awareness of this issue

Rural Canada will see the rollout this year of several programs to raise awareness of mental health issues, the Commons agriculture committee has been told. 4-H Canada will launch a healthy living initiative in three phases to support the mental and physical well-being of its members across Canada, Erin Smith, interim CEO and director of […] Read more


Cattlemen demanding Fisheries clarity

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says the murky definition of ‘fish habitat’ is causing concern

A last-minute amendment to a Fisheries bill is endangering the cattle industry across Canada. The rules change could see producers accused of destroying fish habitat and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is calling on senators to further amend the bill when they study it. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said in a note it sent to MPs […] Read more



Dairy producers’ carbon footprint keeps shrinking

The improvements are the result of the ready adoption of new practices by the sector, according to a recent study

Canadian dairy farmers are getting smaller when it comes to their impact on the environment, says a study done for Dairy Farmers of Canada by Groupe AGECO. The Canadian dairy sector has achieved one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world and every litre of milk it produces creates one-third of the greenhouse gas […] Read more


Farm income: a dip and now holding

Canadian farm income fell on market volatility, but export growth is still likely, says FCC

Final figures aren’t available yet but all signs suggest farm income in 2018 was clipped by several factors and will likely stay at that level through this year, says J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist with Farm Credit Canada. “Price volatility, higher input costs and weather-related challenges in many parts of the country over the past […] Read more



Hog and cattle producers are facing a year of mixed profitability

Uncertainty may be the main certainty of 2019 as feed costs and consumer demand are unknowns

Hog and cattle producers face a year of uncertainty about feed and other operating costs as well as how strong the domestic and international demand for meat might be, says Farm Credit Canada. In an outlook, FCC said the top economic trends facing the producers will be the extent of China’s meat demand, muted feed […] Read more


New federal drone rules will be a boon to farmers

Previous rules discouraged producers from using them to check crops and livestock

New federal rules for operating drones will make it a lot simpler for farmers to include them in their operations, says the president of a Winnipeg-based company that trains drone operators. Matthew Johnson, president and CEO of M3 Aerial Productions, said the move is a necessary one. “For a long time farmers have been testing […] Read more



Grain growers face year of contemplation: FCC

There’s a lot of what-ifs and maybes out there for growers to consider

Deciding what crops to plant this year will require lots of consideration of the various economic and political forces at play in the domestic and export grain trade, says Farm Credit Canada. In its 2019 crop outlook, FCC cites many factors to think about before making final planting decisions. Chief among them are “China’s oversized […] Read more


Feds open agriculture tech competition

The federal government is offering up to $50 million in funding for agri-food automation and digital technology projects

If you’ve got a bright idea for bringing artificial intelligence and advanced digital technology to the agri-food sector, you could find a lot of federal funding support. Jean-Claude Poissant, parliamentary secretary for agri-food, recently announced a funding competition for national-scale initiatives in automation and digital technology applications in the agri-food sector with between $10 million […] Read more